Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bad Ash

Bruce Campbell will not be returning as Elvis in Bubba Nosferatu, the sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep.

I think, I'll live. Still it would have been cool to see Ash take on some vampires while channeling the King.

(Via SF Signal)

Daredevil #100

Daredevil is the gift that keeps on giving. While I haven't had time to keep up with Ed Brubaker's run on DD, I have to say I'm awfully impressed by the lineup of artists on the hundredth issue.

My personal favorite in the return of Gene Colan to the character that he drew for so many years.

I do recall that a similar all-star jam issue was attempted during Brian Michael Bendis' run, but I don't think the execution lived up to the hype.

Hopefully, this issue will.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Penance for Gulacy,and Jenkins

Wizard has some preview images for the upcoming Penance: Relentless by the Pauls Gulacy and Jenkins.

You ever have one of those dilemmas where you love the creative team, but hate the concept? Can't these guys have something better to work with than Speedball?

Captain America #30 Preview

Wizard has released an unscripted preview of Captain America #30 by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Mike Perkins.

This issue promises more surprises in the Captain America Mythos, but I'd be hard pressed to guess what could be much of a surprise since the death of Steve Rogers.

Here's some guesses:

Someone's a Skrull.
Someone dies.
Someone is betrayed.
Someone comes back to life.

If any of these predictions come true, it should be interpreted as absolute proof of my precognitive abilities. If not, just assume it was an off day.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

In Case You Missed It

A while back, Mother Jones had an article on the depiction of female superheroes with a major focus on the contributions of Gail Simone to the ongoing dialogue between fangirls and fanboys.

Check it out.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Bendis, Mack, Jansen, Sienkiewicz, Maleev!

CBR reports on the upcoming Daredevil: End of Days.

Covers by Alex Maleev.
Pencils by Klaus Jansen.
Inks by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Co-Written by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack.

What? Frank Miller was to busy making movies to participate?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Solomon Kane Coming to Comics

Comic Book Resources has reported that Dark Horse Comics will be publishing a new comic book series staring Solomon Kane, on of Conan creator Robert E. Howard's other characters. Scott Allie is the announced writer.

The new series coincides with plans for a Solomon Kane movie.

With the revival of interest in Conan and Red Sonja, it'll be interesting to see how much Robert E. Howard material the market will be able to take. Are we going to see new adaptations of Kull and Bran Mak Morn, in the near future?

I guess the answer is yes.

Bendis Gets More Love

First, Gamespot has a an interview with Brian Michael Bendis where they discuss his upcoming comic book tie-in with the Halo video game. It's especially exciting since it involves a reteaming of Bendis with his Daredevil collaborator, Alex Maleev.

Then, in an essay largely critical of the mysogyny in American Comics, Guardian blogger Ned Beauman singles out Bendis for some special praise:

But perhaps the greatest female superhero of recent years is Brian Michael Bendis's Jessica Jones. . . . Bendis took us inside her head, creating one of the bravest, wittiest and most sensitive portraits of a female character that superhero comics have ever seen.

The rest of the essay is mostly a summary of the responces to Marvel's Mary Jane statue, the controversial cover of Heroes for Hire, and Power Girl's bust size on a recent cover of Justice League America.

What was the point?

The Seattle Times has an article on the settlement between Harlan Ellison and Gary Groth over Ellison's claims of defamation and trademark/right of publicity violations in two publications put out by Groth's Fantagraphics.

While Ellison may genuinely have felt harassed by Groth's actions and Groth may have felt well within his rights to publish those items that Ellison objected to, their refusal to reach an earlier compromise seems foolish.

In this case, it appears that the threat of mounting legal bills compelled both parties to agree to abstain from making future personal attacks on each other. Doesn't sound like a complicated compromise, just something they weren't willing to do until they were sent to court-ordered mediation.

Oni Press Art Exhibit

The Williamette Week is reporting that Portland's Floating World Comics is displaying original artwork for two new comics from Oni Press.

The titles are Snarknife by Corey Lewis and Multiple Warhedz by Brandon Graham. The exhibit is expected to last until September 4.

Since the shop is located in the Pearl District the article describes the exhibit as part of the neighborhood's art scene. It will be interesting to see if Floating World will continue to be a regular showcase for original comic artwork.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Finally, Whiteout Returns!

Over at ICv2, there's the announcement that the third volume of Whiteout by will be coming out in spring of 2008. Just in time to coincide with the release of the feature film based on the first series.

For those in the dark, Whiteout was a black and white comic book series written by novelist Greg Rucka and illustrated by Steve Lieber. The book followed the exploits of Carrie Stetko, a U.S. Marshal based in Antarctica.

While the stories are told in the form of sequential art, Rucka's background as a novelist really shows as you could easily imagine them as prose novels. Of course that would deprive you of Lieber's solid artwork.

There's still time to check out the first two volumes, Whiteout and Whiteout:Melt, before the debut of the new series.